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Current PhD student (Psychology)
University of South Wales

MSc Clinical and Abnormal Psychology
University of South Wales

BSc (Hons) Sports Psychology
University of Glamorgan


Knowledge and Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) funded Psychology PhD student & Hourly Paid Lecturer in Psychology.

PhD collaborative partner: Solas Cymru, part of the Pobl Group.


Previous positions at USW:

Research Assistant in Health and Clinical Psychology
Research Assistant: Dyscovery Centre

Other research positions:

Lead Researcher (The Wallich, 2015): Abstinence based supported housing in South Wales
Lead Researcher (The Wallich, 2014): Accommodation needs of street drinkers in Newport, South Wales


Journal articles:

Heirene, R. M., John, B., & Roderique-Davies, G. (in press). Identification and Evaluation of Neuropsychological Tools Used in the Assessment of Alcohol-Related Cognitive Impairment: A Systematic Review. Frontiers in Psychology – Clinical and Health Psychology.

Roderique-Davies, G., Heirene, R. M., Mellalieu, S., & Shearer, D. (2018). Development and initial validation of a rock climbing craving questionnaire (RCCQ). Frontiers in Psychology, 9:204. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00204

Heirene, R., Roderique-Davies, G., Roberts, P., & John, B. (2016). Identification and evaluation of neuropsychological tools used in the assessment of alcohol-related brain damage: A systematic review protocol. Cogent Psychology, 3(1), 1229841.

Response to “Nature fix: Addiction to outdoor activities”R. C. Buckley’s commentary on Heirene, R. M., Shearer, D., Roderique-Davies, G., & Mellalieu, S. D. (2016). Addiction in extreme sports: An exploration of withdrawal states in rock climbers. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 5, 332-341.

Heirene, R., Shearer, D., Roderique-Davies, G., & Mellalieu, S. D. (2016). Addiction in extreme sports athletes: an exploration of withdrawal experiences in rock climbers. Journal of Behavioural Addictions, 5(2), 332-341. doi: 10.1556/2006.5.2016.039.

Conference papers:
Thomas, M., Christopher, G., Williams, N., & Heirene, R. (2015). Measuring fatigue and related symptoms in adults with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). DCD 11 International Conference, at Toulouse, France, 2-4 July.


My research interests include behavioural and substance addictions, substance misuse and alcohol-related brain damage.

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